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Calverley County Library, Thornhill Street (Calverley)
Black & White imagec1973. View of the new Calverley County Library in Thornhill Street which opened on 25th September 1973. Prior to this date the library had been based in the 1874 dated Mechanics Institute also situated in Thornhill Street. Until re-organisation in 1974, Calverley County Library was managed by West Riding County Council Library Service.
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Calverley County Library, Thornhill Street, Interior (Calverley)
Black & White imageC1973. Interior view of Calverley County Library which opened in Thornhill Street on 25th September 1973. The counter is in the centre where two members of staff are working. The non-fiction books are shelved around the walls and free standing bookshelves display the adult fiction. The library moved here from the Mechanics Institute, also in Thornhill Street.
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Calverley County Library, Thornhill Street. (Calverley)
Black & White imageC 1973. Interior view of Calverley County Library in Thornhill Street which opened on 25th September, 1973. It had previously occupied premises in the Mechanics Institute, also located in Thornhill Street. Two members of staff are working at the modern counter and the non-fiction book stock is arranged around the walls. Adult fiction is shelved in free standing bookcases. In the foreground there is comfortable seating and a low table for library users. Until 1974 Calverley County Library was part of West Riding County Council. Local Government re-organisation took place in 1974 and Leeds Metropolitan District Council was created. The Library Service including 67 branch libraries and 5 moblie libraries came under the administration of Leeds City Council.
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Calverley County Library, Thornhill Street. (Calverley)
Black & White imageC1973. A member of staff poses with a book on a carpeted seating area for children in the new Calverley County Library. This arrangement would be suitable for a small audience of young library users at story Times. 'Stories for Young People' are arranged along the walls and there is a table with 4 stools for homework studies. A book box contains picture books for very young children and toddlers. Calverley County Library opened on 25th September 1973. It was previously located in the Mechanics Institute in Thornhill Street. This purpose-built library is also situated in Thornhill Street.
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Calverley Cutting, top, from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated, Watercolour by local artist Fred Swaine (1858-1942) showing the top of Calverley Cutting. The cutting, carved through solid rock, was designed to replace the old packhorse track that winded its way through the wood between Calverley and Apperley Bridge, parts of which can still be seen today. The Thornhill family had developed a grandiose scheme to build large, private villas in the wood so in 1856 Calverley Cutting was constructed. Local people objected to the loss of the old route and complained about the steepness of the cutting as it dropped down into the valley. The housing scheme in the wood, however, failed and was never completed. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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